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Scientists shine light on ‘aerated’ dairy drink with satiety potential

Nottingham University scientists claim to have shone new light on the intra-gastric behaviour of ‘aerated’ drinks with enhanced satiating properties that they say could be used to fight obesity.

Patent Watch

General Mills eyes patent hat-trick for ready-to-bake gluten-free doughs

General Mills has filed three patents for gluten-free doughs that it has developed in ready-to-bake format to offer an alternative to dry mixes.

‘A large opportunity to develop products to help manage blood sugar’: New study supports Hi-Maize’s blood glucose benefits

Products formulated with resistant starch can be ‘important tools for food formulators to deliver innovative and tasty products that help consumers manage their blood sugar’, says Ingredion following the publication...

Monsanto exec: GMOs are not the Holy Grail. What they are is an important tool if used properly

Genetically engineered crops are not a magic bullet and some weeds have become resistant to the herbicide glyphosate (RoundUp) used with selected GM crops, said Monsanto’s chief technology officer Dr...

Ganeden probiotic may boost post-exercise recovery: Pilot data

Consuming Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086 (GanedenBC30) in combination with protein may blunt muscle damage after intense exercise and boost recovery, according to findings from a pilot study.

Greek yogurt's biggest guns explore creative ways to address acid whey challenge

A series of patent applications from General Mills reveals it has been exploring novel ways to ‘neutralize’ acid whey - a byproduct of some Greek yogurt production - and use...

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

Stevia sweetness + new health benefits: Mintel analyst sees future potential

Mintel says the presence of nutritionally beneficial compounds could see stevia-based sweeteners of the future that combine functional benefits as well as calorie-free sweetness.

SPECIAL EDITION 2014, BEVERAGE SWEETENER INNOVATION

PureCircle claims ‘huge step forward’ with first category specific stevia launch for dairy

PureCircle has launched a new stevia blend called Sigma-D to target non-fermented, sweetened dairy drinks and other dairy products in what it says is a breakthrough category specific launch.

Annatto Tocotrienols are more potent vitamin E antioxidant for fish oil, says study

Vitamin E tocotrienols from annatto may be better antioxidants than tocopherol-tocotrienol mixtures or alpha-tocopherol alone, suggests a recent study testing infant formula containing omega-3 fatty acids.

School lunches packed at home fall short of dietary guidelines

Students who bring their lunch from home and their parents apparently missed the memo from Congress mandating the mid-day meal meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. 

Consumers want bolder, more intense flavor experiences, says McCormick

Smoked spices, sour cherries and pickled ginger: McCormick unveils flavor trends to watch in 2015

Consumers want bolder, more intense flavor experiences, from Japanese 7 Spice to sour cherries and salt, according to McCormick & Co’s flavor forecast for 2015. 

What drives unhealthy snacking?

Enjoying a special occasion, opportunistic eating and social pressures are just some of the drivers behind unhealthy snacking – factors that could be used to drive change, researchers claim.

Free breakfast in the classroom could “level the academic playing field,” education advocates say

Breakfast remains the most important meal of the day and serving it to students for free offers significant benefits even though a recent study found it did not improve academic...

Sodium reduction

Will proposals to mandate potassium labeling on the Nutrition Facts panel give potassium-chloride based sodium replacers a shot in the arm?

Some food manufacturers still worry that using potassium chloride to replace salt in their recipes might compromise their clean label credentials. But the FDA’s recent proposal to include potassium as...

60-second interview: Mel Mann, Director of Flavor Innovation, Wixon

Sodium reduction: Has all the low-hanging fruit been plucked?

Food manufacturers are under increasing pressure to reduce sodium, but surveys suggest many shoppers are, well, not that bothered. So where does this leave firms plugging sodium reduction solutions? 

Sodium reduction

Salt substitutes help reduce blood pressure

Efforts to reduce consumer blood pressure and risk of hypertension by replacing normal salt with blends of potassium chloride, magnesium sulfate and less sodium chloride are working, but may be...

Sprouting for ‘superior’ gluten-free bread: Study

Sprouted brown rice flour can increase the protein, lipid and antioxidant activity in gluten-free breads, finds research.

IFF expands emerging markets footprint with new state-of-the art facilities in Indonesia and Chile

International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF) has opened a state-of-the-art flavors creative facility in Jakarta, Indonesia; and will open a sales office and applications laboratories in Santiago, Chile, on November 26.

Does the high-protein craze make sense from a nutritional perspective?

Protein is hot - and big brands are piling more of it into everything from breakfast cereal to ice cream. Yet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans say “inadequate protein intake in...

‘Robust’ evidence for GM crop benefits, says meta-analysis

Genetically modified crops offer ‘large and significant’ benefits in both developed and developing countries, according to a new meta-analysis.

Can seaweed become the ultimate salt replacer – and why hasn't it yet?

Seaweed is well-researched, sustainable and effective, according to an expert. So what is stopping it from really taking off as a salt replacer?

Mandatory salt reduction could save more in healthcare costs: Study

Mandatory salt reduction may save more in healthcare costs than the current voluntary system, say the authors of a study published in Value in Health.

Healthy planet, healthy people: Balancing carbon footprint and optimal nutrition

Plant-derived foods have been suggested as preferable to those of animal origin from an environmental perspective as well as for health – but nutrient density must be taken into account,...

Most beverage ads targeting kids still promote sugar and caffeine, not health, says report

American children were exposed to significantly fewer TV ads for sugary drinks in 2013 compared with 2011. But not every soda giant got the memo, says a new report, which...

Myth busting? High salt intake may not increase thirst

It is commonly believed that consumption of salty foods increases thirst, and could be a reason for increased consumption of sugary soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. But just how true...